I just finished Emmanuel Goldstein‘s (of 2600) film Freedom Downtime about the insanity surrounding Kevin Mitnick‘s incarceration. It’s difficult for me to express my disgust with the system to begin with, especially in our post-9/11 world, but this just rammed home the point that the insanity, the ignorance, the control and the fear didn’t begin with Bush, Cheney, the neoconservatives or Osama bin Laden. The film and Mitnick’s Wikipedia page can discuss what happened to Kevin far better than I can, including the absurd claims of corporations like Motorola, Nokia, Sun and, everyone’s favorite these days, Novell (who claimed Kevin Mitnick cost them $75,000,000), his time in solitary confinement, his years of imprisonment before trial. Go watch this film. Buy the film, buy 2600 magazine, support the EFF and do what’s right.
The terrorist mythos has overshadowed the hacker mythos of the 1990s, but it’s hasn’t replaced it. Hackers, and indeed all citizens, can be considered terrorists, held without trial and, now, held without charge indefinitely.
I have to admit that I don’t have a particular “point” to this piece. I just felt the need to bring this film to the attention of our readership. If we don’t keep fighting we won’t have anything (rights) left to fight for.